The Gizmo includes Crucial's Secure-D software, which allows you to password-protect up to 97 percent of the drive. The Secure-D setup file comes loaded on the drive, but you can access it only on systems running Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP. Also worth noting is that if you forget your password, not only will you lose all your data, you'll have to return the drive to the manufacturer to be reset. The Gizmo does not include a driver disc, so users on pre-2000 versions of Windows will need to download driver software from Crucial's Web site.
The Crucial Gizmo is available in capacities from 64MB to 256MB. At this time, the Gizmo offers only a USB 1.1 connection, which makes it a bit slower than most of the other drives we tested. Still, our 256MB test model costs about $63, or 25 cents per megabyte, which is very inexpensive.
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